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Reinaldo Albert Almora Jr. (born April 16, 1994) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Albert Almora Jr.
Albert Almora with a young fan 2013-08-20 00-58 (cropped).jpg
Almora (right) in 2013
Chicago Cubs – No. 5
Outfielder
Born: (1994-04-16) April 16, 1994 (age 25)
Hialeah Gardens, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 7, 2016, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
(through August 15, 2019)
Batting average.276
Home runs28
Runs batted in133
Teams
Career highlights and awards

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Amateur careerEdit

Almora attended Mater Academy Charter School in Hialeah Gardens, Florida. In 2011, Almora was named USA Baseball's athlete of the year after leading the 18 and under team to a 9–0 record and being named the tournament MVP. He played on six national teams while in high school, tying a record.[1] He won the USA Baseball Richard W. "Dick" Case Player of the Year Award in 2011.[2][3] He committed to play college baseball at the University of Miami.[4]

Professional careerEdit

DraftEdit

The Chicago Cubs selected Almora in the first round, with the sixth overall selection, in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft out of Mater Academy Charter School. He signed with the Cubs, receiving a $3.9 million signing bonus. MLB.com ranked Almora as the second best prospect in the Cubs organization in 2013,[5] and the 39th ranked prospect in all of baseball.

Minor leaguesEdit

Almora spent 2012 with both the AZL Cubs and Boise Hawks, batting .321 with two home runs and 19 RBIs in 33 games. He played for the Kane County Cougars in 2013. He had a .329 batting average in 61 games played, as he missed time due to injury. After the 2013 season, the Cubs assigned Almora to the Arizona Fall League to gain more experience.[5][6] In 2014, he played for the Daytona Cubs and Tennessee Smokies where he slashed .270/.291/.392 with nine home runs and 60 RBIs in 125 games.

Almora spent 2015 back with the Smokies where he batted .272 with six home runs and 46 RBIs in 106 games. He began 2016 with the Iowa Cubs. [1] At Iowa prior to being called up, he was batting .318 in 54 games.

MLB careerEdit

Chicago CubsEdit

2011

Almora went to Mater Academy Charter High-school, which is located in Hialeah Gardens, Florida. Almora was named USA baseballs athlete of the year because he lead a team to a 9-0 record considering he was int he 18 and under team. He was named the team MVP. He was also awarded the Richard W. Dick case player of the year award. In this year he pledged to play at the University of Miami as a college baseball player.[7]

2013

The Chicago Cubs Chose Almora, First hand pick in the 2012-2013 Major league baseball draft directly out of high-school. Almora then signed, agreeing to a $3.9 million signing incentive. Almora Was also classified as the second best candidate in the Cubs establishment in 2013.[8]

2016Edit

Almora was promoted to the Cubs on June 7, 2016 when Jorge Soler was placed on the disabled list.[9] He made his first career start in left field on June 8, 2016 against the Philadelphia Phillies[10] and on his first fielding opportunity threw out a runner at home to complete a double play. The following day, he got his first major league hit.

On November 2, 2016, in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, Almora took over as a pinch runner for Kyle Schwarber, the Cubs designated hitter who opened the top of the 10th inning with a lead-off single to right. Almora advanced to second base on a rare tag-up play from first base thanks to a deep fly ball out hit by Kris Bryant. After Cleveland Indians pitcher Bryan Shaw intentionally walked Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, Almora scored the go-ahead 7th run for the Cubs off of a double by Ben Zobrist. The Cubs went on to win the game 8-7, earning their first World Series victory since 1908 thanks in part to Almora's baserunning skill.[11]

2017Edit

In 132 games, Almora finished the season with a .298 batting average, eight home runs, and 46 RBIs. He also changed the name on the back of his jersey from 'Almora Jr.' to just 'Almora'.

2018Edit

On April 22, in an away game against the Colorado Rockies, Almora made three leaping catches in center field; in the first, second and ninth innings of the Cubs' 9–7 win.[12] Almora finished his 2018 campaign batting .286 with five home runs and 41 RBIs in 152 games. He was the final out of the 2018 NL Wild Card Game against Colorado, struck out by Scott Oberg to end the 13 inning, 2–1 Rockies victory.[13]

2019Edit

Almora opened the 2019 season on Chicago's 25-man roster.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

His father, Albert Sr., played baseball in Cuba before he defected to the United States.[5] Almora began training with his father when he was three years old. Albert is so close to current MLB player Manny Machado that Almora considers him to be his cousin, though they are not related by blood. Machado was quoted as saying that he would love to play with Almora and win a World Series together, a dream they had as kids.[1][5]

Almora married former Philadelphia 76ers and Philadelphia Flyers dancer Krystal Gregorio on July 21, 2016.[15] Their first child, a son named AJ, was born in August 2016.[16]

Almora chose "Tico" as his nickname for the Players Weekend during the 2017 and 2018 season.[17]

In an instant, triumph switched to tragedy for Almora. Almora, a star center fielder for the mater academy of Hialeah Gardens, resulted the USA18-under-squad team to a gold medal at November's Pan-American championships. With a gold medal and an MVP award, Almora returned home. But his grandmother, Tomasa Sosa, died one day after he left for Cartagena, unknown to him. One day before he returned, his grandfather, Juan Sosa, died. The Sosa’s lived with his parents and Almora.  On his return, Almora was told that this had occurred.  Almora, who broke in tears, came to his grandparents ' viewing. He took his gold medal and put it in the casket of his grandfather’s where it will stay forever. After all this happened, Almora shared that baseball America ranked him 10th. He received a scholarship from Miami University and is supposed to make a hard choice when he is predicted to be a first-round pick for the major league baseball draft. [18]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Prep star Albert Almora could be a top-10 Draft pick | MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  2. ^ "Reese McGuire Wins USA Baseball Player of the Year Award". Baseball America. Archived from the original on July 4, 2015.
  3. ^ "USA Baseball names year-end award winners". usabaseball.com. Archived from the original on July 5, 2015.
  4. ^ "How Almora Jr. became part of the World Series puzzle". February 25, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d "Albert Almora: Albert Almora's dedication a family affair – Chicago Tribune". Articles.chicagotribune.com. October 12, 2013. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  6. ^ "Albert Almora leads Mesa's charge as Cubs stars shine | cubs.com: News". Chicago.cubs.mlb.com. October 9, 2013. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  7. ^ populartimelines.com https://populartimelines.com/t/36040924/Albert-Almora. Retrieved July 31, 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ populartimelines.com https://populartimelines.com/t/36040924/Albert-Almora. Retrieved July 31, 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ Gonzales, Mark (June 7, 2016). "Cubs place Jorge Soler on 15-day DL, Albert Almora Jr. promoted". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 7, 2016.
  10. ^ Gonzales, Mark. "Cubs' Albert Almora Jr. makes first start in left field, first pitch moved to 12:20 p.m." Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  11. ^ Bastian, Jordan; Muskat, Carrie. "Chicago Cubs win 2016 World Series". MLB. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  12. ^ Santaromita, Dan (April 22, 2018). "Albert Almora Jr. was all over the Coors Field outfield". NBC News. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  13. ^ "Colorado Rockies 2, Chicago Cubs 1". Retrosheet. October 2, 2018. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  14. ^ https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/3/26/18480063/cubs-opening-day-roster-from-a-lmora-to-z-obrist
  15. ^ "Cubs' Albert Almora Jr. gets married on his off-day, then sent to Iowa". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  16. ^ staff, Chicago Tribune. "Cubs' Albert Almora Jr. says wife Krystal 'is doing much better'".
  17. ^ "MLB Players Weekend to showcase unique nicknames, colorful uniforms".
  18. ^ Tayler, Jon (June 5, 2012). "Albert Almora, Mater Academy Star, Taken Sixth By Cubs In MLB Draft UPDATE". Miami New Times. Retrieved July 31, 2019.

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